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13th January 2007 14:04  #1

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Just thinking about this now and Firefox comes to mind. I think it's a great cold war thriller that, on viewing now, is let down by the effects towards the end of the film.

Poor John Dykstra. His work in the 70's and 80's does get a good kicking doesn't it? The effects for Star Wars and Firefox were, at the time, the best that could be acheived. The challenges on Firfox were that all of the dogfight sequences took place in daylight and over ice flows. Star Wars at least had the comfort zone of having the blackness of space as a background to help hide the matte lines. Firefox had no such luxury and it's to John Dykstra's credit the effects ended up as good as they did. However, even back then, they stood out as effects with problems.

Today, it would be really useful for the movie if a small budget could be raised to re-do the end sequence (like the Death Star battle of Star Wars was) with CGI so as to not have the viewer taken out of the film so much at it's climax.

It hopefully goes without saying that in the unlikely event such a restoration takes place any resulting DVD is packaged with the original unaltered version.

Ghostbusters is another one.
I've got no problem with the majority of the effects in the film but the stop motion 'devil dogs' could do with replacing. I'm not suggesting they be erased from our collective memories, (Mr Lucas) the originals should still accompany any updated version the way Spielberg did with ET. Although he was quite vocal about the changes he wanted to make and the reasons behind them, he still packaged the original untouched version along with the Spec. Ed. That's the way to do it in my opinion. There's less wailing and gnashing of teeth with fans of the films that way.

13th January 2007 22:03  #2

Sam Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 84
The only film I can think of that needs a CGI make over is Star Wars!!! Oh wait....no.......

14th January 2007 3:05  #3

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
Well the  movie "Earthquake" from Universal Studios! There is a few shots that could use a touch-up! I would do that but there is there an audience for that?

14th January 2007 4:47  #4

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Just wait for the inevitable remake for "Earthquake".

14th January 2007 5:27  #5

Sam Spade Member Join Date: January 2007 Location: United States Posts: 2,032 Send a message via MSN to Sam Spade
CGI is overrated.So none.

14th January 2007 18:35  #6

silenzio Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Cyprus Posts: 30
Can't we just accept that those films were made before there were any cgi? Can't we just accept them as a piece of cinematic history and leave them alone?

14th January 2007 22:11  #7

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
I agree!  However the cartoon blood is what I would fix in the elevator scene in the movie "earthquake"

15th January 2007 1:18  #8

skywatcher Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 13
Firefox is so outdated now as to be irrelevant, the Cold War is long over and the notion of a pilot having to "think in Russian" in order to pilot the plane was just "bunkum" to begin with.
I can't think of any films I'd like to see get a CGI update, I think Hollywood should be concentrating on new and original storylines rather than re-visiting old ones.

15th January 2007 16:08  #9

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
stanton heck wrote: Well the  movie "Earthquake" from Universal Studios! There is a few shots that could use a touch-up! I would do that but there is there an audience for that?

I love the look of Earthquake.  I know it doesn't always look realistic, but just imagine the amount of time that was spent on the models used for the movie.

15th January 2007 17:37  #10

Tom Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 2,497 Send a message via ICQ to Tom
The crash at the end of Air Force One could do with a makeover Wink Fookin terrible!

15th January 2007 18:42  #11

mortal Member Join Date: April 2002 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 3
TRON ?

15th January 2007 18:51  #12

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
Adrian wrote: stanton heck wrote: Well the  movie "Earthquake" from Universal Studios! There is a few shots that could use a touch-up! I would do that but is there  an audience for that?  I don't think so

I love the look of Earthquake.  I know it doesn't always look realistic, but just imagine the amount of time that was spent on the models used for the movie.


Well maybe we will get a remake! However  movies about Earthquakes only seem to get made for TV  

15th January 2007 20:40  #13

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
I think then the movies that are updated will lose alot of their charm...

15th January 2007 21:27  #14

Stephen Etherton Member Join Date: October 2003 Location: United States Posts: 706
CGI everything ! ! !

16th January 2007 1:16  #15

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Tom wrote: The crash at the end of Air Force One could do with a makeover Wink Fookin terrible!
Please don't try to trick the swear word blocker.

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